It is delight to announce Autharktos´ brand new issue Hellanschauung is out now. It continues to trudge across the landscapes of psycho-acoustic, drone, experimental electronic, noise, ambient, found sound, sound-art, glitched-out seeds and improvised music. These sounds are permeated with "errors", "dysfunctional" elements as flipsides of the artist`s playfulness. As with previous albums so far the release can be downloaded at following sites:
after a rather long absence from LastFM (may have been three years or even more) I'd like to report what happened in the meanwhile in my musical world.
Since this has been quite a lot, I'll try to keep everything as brief as I can, rather hinting with some links at single events; if anyone should have any further questions, I'll be happy to elaborate in detail on anything, if requested...
For those who don't remember me here (...or never heard of me in the first place) a brief introduction:
I'm composing, producing and performing electronic music since 1992. While the center of my creative output is certainly ambient / atmospheric electronica, I've also streched out to any other electronic style I can think of, for example dance, drum'n'bass, new age, electro, Berlin School (space music), or those new names for old shoes like psychill, psybient or psytrance - but also pop, rock, jazz, even metal - and more. All in all, most of my albums feature an ecclectic mix of styles, and it's rather difficult to pin my stuff down to any specific genre. Maybe I can add that some listeners (and reviewers) compared some of my music to Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Klaus Schulze, or Future Sound of London, Underworld, sometimes even Aphex Twin and Mouse on Mars (all of which indeed are artists I'm very fond of...).
During the past 22 years I have created more than one hundred (that's 100 ;-) ) albums (and full lenght albums at that - meaning at least 70 minutes, then again some are actually sets ranging between two and ten (!) hours of music...).
Most of my music is self-released (You can still order any of my albums directly from me...). More recently, I'm happy to also have released some projects on different labels.
An overview over most of my output can actually be found here on LastFM (last update was in late 2012 so far, but I'll maybe do another soon...):
First of all, after many years of being laregly a very obscure artist with only the tiniest bit of followers, I've finally started to be recognized on a (slightly) larger scale; some landmarks that made me evident for me (for example) were:
- being nominated twice for the Schallwelle-Award, a German award for electronic music; I didn't win, however reached number three twice, in the category "best album national" in 2013 and "best musician / act national" in 2014 (referring to the previous year always...) - actually doing better than some famous acts like Schiller or Klaus Schulze...
- having one of my tracks inlcuded to the large Pete Namlook tribute CD box "Die Welt ist Klang" on CarpeSonum Records
- receiving positive reviews, or interviews / features on various webzines, or even print magazines
- being invited for collaborations with many artists, resulting in some long-term musical partnerships, like with drummer Tommy Betzler, noteably for his early 80ies electronic prog band P'Cock and his work with electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze on several large live events (plus, in more recent years, drumming in Tangerine Dream member Thorsten Quaeschning's project "Picture Palace Music")
Then I'd like to highlight some album releases (not all, though) since 2012, in (more or less) chronological order; I'll link to YouTube trailers (as far as they exist), otherwise to Bandcamp (from where usually a preview file, and sometimes even whole albums, are streamable...):
This release (a limited edition of 100 copies) actually includes my first ever industrially pressed CD - among other items...
...you can find more releases on Bandcamp, and more music on YouTube.
From mid 2012 on also live performances became more regular (especially in 2013); here are some clips, again in chronological order (length and sound/video quality varies, but I think they at least will give You an idea...):
RaumZeit Festival Dortmund, 2012
Ambient Performance at BetterLife Akademie, 2013 (...the whole of it, in two parts, actually)
Live performance at Ritter Butzke (a club in Berlin), 2013 (...now, that was an especially cool evening)
Live performance at the church St. Peter, Frankfurt, 2014
Pie Plano & Gueas Raras fue una banda de Folk-Psicodelia formada en Curicó, Chile por Mónica Cruz en voz, junto a los hermanos Gonzalo Carrasco en guitarra/composición y Marco Carrasco en voz y composición. En 2004 editaron "Pie Plano & Gueas Raras" el que a la postre sería su único álbum. Producido de manera independiente, el disco contiene 13 cortes construidos y ejecutados pulcramente, sin mayores ambiciones en términos sonoros. Un trabajo sobrio donde sobresale el desempeño de la guitarra, que ante la ausencia de bajo asume un rol protagónico en lo rítmico, como también en armonía y melodías. Ocasionalmente hay intervenciones flauta dulce, teclado y pequeñas percusiones no programadas. Sobre la minimalista instrumentación -y como formando un todo- se apoyan las voces de Mónica y Marco para cantar metafóricas y surrealistas líricas o, como en el caso de "Itagana" simplemente ininteligibles. La estructura musical de cada una de las composiciones, no obstante haber sido concebido el disco como un trabajo conceptual en términos líricos, posee la suya propia y distintiva de las demás.-
these 9 compositions by the Estonian noisenik Autharktos used to stylistically extend from motorik, drone-y lo-fi manipulations and symphonic noises to more elaborated rhythm structures and electronic soundscapes, however, searching for new expression freedom. The album can be streamed and downloaded at the following sites: